Rabat bans lottery, gambling ads

With lottery, 70 new billionaires in Morocco in 10 years

07 September, 13:33

    Morocco has banned ads for gambling and the lottery Morocco has banned ads for gambling and the lottery

    RABAT - Morocco has banned ads for gambling and the lottery, as well as cigarettes, alcohol and medicines. Under government law number 03-77, published on official bulletins, television and radio stations will not be allowed to broadcast commercials that are ''haram'', or not in line with the Koran's principles.

    The sale, though controlled, continues so people will be allowed to keep buying lottery tickets, cigarettes and alcohol, although they will not be allowed to listen to commercials.

    Though very expensive, the lottery has created 70 new billionaires in 10 years, according to official data and represents more than 7.5 million rickets a year for a turnover of some 150 million Dhm.

    The measure changes a law on communication, also banning discriminatory ads based on nationality, ethnic group, community or religion.

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